A Clubfoot Journey

It was the very end of our 16 week ultrasound when the technician said “well baby is looking great! There’s just one little thing here, her left foot is turned in, so the doctor will chat with you about that. Everything else is absolutely perfect!” it was a cheerful voice but you could tell it was awkward for her to say, how do you deliver news like this to a parent? She guided the ultrasound probe around to zoom in on her foot and showed us how compared to the other foot you could see all the foot bones in one plane which indicated that it was turned in. She didn’t use the term clubfoot until I said it. It was obvious she was politely trying to tip toe around things until the doctor came in so that he could do the talking. I asked a handful of questions which she tried to answer vaguely and kept reiterating that the doctor would have a lot more info for us. Continue reading “A Clubfoot Journey”

Healthy Detox Meal Options

Here are some of the recipes we used for dinners during the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living cleanse. They’re great options for anyone looking for tasty low to no carb meals. Most are Whole30 compliant and paleo compliant. Some can easily be adjusted for ketogenic diet folks too. For those not looking for “diet” food I can attest that these are great tasting simple recipes that are actually good for you, win win. Continue reading “Healthy Detox Meal Options”

I Want To Try This Arbonne Thing

If you’ve decided you want to try this out and buy a kit follow the instructions below.
The Arbonne website is not the most user friendly unfortunately. I’ve attached some screen shots to hopefully help out the process of signing up for those who are having trouble.

You can order the 30 Days To Healthy Living kit without signing up to be a “Preferred Client” but the price is substantially higher and you pay a ton for shipping. If you’re looking for the cheapest way to do this sign up as a Preferred Client. It’s only $29 which is good for the entire year and gets you 20-40% off of all products, allows you to buy the nutrition kit value pack, and you’ll get free shipping and a free gift. Continue reading “I Want To Try This Arbonne Thing”

Arbonne 30 Days To Healthy Living Review

If you’re new to this Arbonne Bootcamp thing or heard about it and want to know more I’ve laid out my personal honest review of the experience here with a few posts.

I’m always up for any new takes on healthy eating and clean living so when I was told about this Arbonne “cleanse” of sorts I figured sure why not give it a shot. A month’s worth of cleaner eating, some detox for the body, couldn’t hurt.

I’ll cut to the chase, our results, and if you want to know more about what this program is keep on reading about the basics, pros, cons, and how to try it yourself it you want to.

Results

Much to our surprise (we were quite skeptical going in) we both kicked butt! I lost 10 pounds and finally got past the plateau I’d been sitting at, I’m the lowest weight I’ve been in 5 years and this all happened while I was 4 months postpartum with our 4th kiddo which had proven much harder to lose the baby weight than the others.

My husband did even better, he lost 28 pounds! Yes 28, no joke. He is the lowest weight he’s been in 12 years! This is a big feat for him as he’s tried plenty of other things in the past that fell short. Continue reading “Arbonne 30 Days To Healthy Living Review”

Tried and True Freezer Meals For Foodies

We’ve all got that board on Pinterest with a million freezer meal ideas. You’ve probably tried a handful or perhaps you’ve even gone ahead with one that has a full blown plan, shopping list, and instructions and made all of them only to find that the majority aren’t very good or don’t cook right. Ditto here, I’ve tried dozens and dozens and finally came up with my own list a while back of recipes that are actually delicious, easy to compile, and freeze and cook well. Some are borrowed and modified, some I made up myself.
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Kids Bento Lunch Ideas

When my older kiddos finally started school I went on an exhaustive hunt to find THE perfect lunchbox for them. If I didn’t find the perfect lunchbox it could possibly ruin their entire school experience, moms stress about things like this because we’re crazy. I loved the of bento lunches that let them have a few bites of a bunch of stuff rather than the typical sandwich in a paper sack.
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All That Glitters Is Gold or Brass

I’ve been saying this for a while now, much to my husband’s horror, that gold and brass are making a come back in design land. He is a home builder and the only thing he can picture is that awesome uber shiny brass finish on door hinges, door knobs, lamps, and ceiling fans from the glorious late 80’s and 90’s that we’ve continually replaced during renovations the last decade. I’m slowly bringing him to the light of how amazing this come back actually is. Continue reading “All That Glitters Is Gold or Brass”

WGU The BSN to MSN Program

The following is a synopsis of the courses I had to complete to finish my BSN to MSN program (I graduated in 2016). These courses may have changed since then but this will give you a good idea of what to expect from the program. I had 37 CU’s to complete for the MSN (they changed this after I was done and removed an OA). There are 14 courses.

You’ll notice a theme in my explanations below, a lot of redundancy. Many of the courses were more work than I thought at first glance and because of this the course insight I have is a bit longer than the BSN courses.
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And Then There Were 2. A Birth Story and Life With 2.

What’s new… well now we have 2 oooey gooey squishy little boys to love on… that’s all! I finally have a snuggly newborn again 🙂 ahhhh how I have missed this feeling, nothing quite like it. That’s what we’ve been up to, having our newest addition “D Mac”. The stork nicely dropped him off May 24th and he weighed in at a large and in charge 6 lbs 7 oz 21″ long. Needless to say we are sleep deprived, a bit comatose at times, and baby drunk in love starting to get the hang of life with 2.
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Breastfeeding hell as a first time mom

Breastfeeding, Formula, Pumping, bring it on! I was dead set on breastfeeding my son, afterall, that’s the natural way to go, it’s free, it’s easy, that’s just what you do. When our little guy was born so tiny I opted to give him formula in the hospital until my milk came in since he couldn’t afford to be dropping any weight. We attempted to breastfeed every time that we gave him a bottle but neither of us really knew what we were doing. He was able to latch on a couple of times but would instantly fall asleep. We met with the lactation consultant on our last day to find out what I was doing “wrong” and she informed me that my technique was perfect he was just your ‘typical late pre-term baby’. This means that he is healthy and perfect like a full term baby but he eats like a premie. She assured us that the closer we got to his actual due date the better things would be, that he’d be stronger, and to just be patient. So for 2 weeks I didn’t stress about the breastfeeding, we’d try at almost every meal and he’d get frustrated, wouldn’t latch, and we’d give him a bottle. I had rented a breastpump from the hospital and I’d pump during waking hours to keep my supply going. Continue reading “Breastfeeding hell as a first time mom”